Many patients are nervous before they visit the general dentist for dental implants, as they do not know what to expect during the visit. This review is designed to help you calm your nerves and offers insights into what you can expect during the consultation visit for dental implants.
How the consultation visit works for dental implants
Of course, every patient may have a different experience during their consultation. However, there are certain expectations that you can have when talking to your general dentist about dental implants. The following are four common steps involved with the consultation process for dental implants.
A discussion of your treatment goals
Your general dentist may first go over your previous treatment history and any general health concerns that may affect the dental implants treatment process. After, they will shift towards determining your purpose for the visit and establishing treatment goals. Some patients may want dental implants to address a cosmetic concern, whereas others may have an oral health concern. This step in the process helps the dentist and the patient both establish realistic goals for treatment before the process begins.
An oral examination and dental X-rays
Another key step in the dental implants consultation is an oral examination and dental X-rays. This allows the general dentist to understand how many dental implants the patient needs and if any preparation procedures are necessary before dental implant placement (periodontal disease treatment, bone grafting, etc.). The oral examination and dental X-rays are non-invasive and safe. The patient can ask questions about the dental X-rays and use the information that is discovered to make an informed decision about treatment.
Putting together the complete treatment plan
After a discussion of treatment goals and an examination of the patient’s oral health and dental X-rays, the general dentist and the rest of the staff can put together a complete treatment plan. As mentioned, this may include periodontal disease treatment and bone grafting before the dental implants are placed. The patient can also make adjustments depending on their personal schedule and preferences. Every patient is unique and receives a personalized treatment plan, but it typically involves preparing the mouth, placing the dental implants and finally placing the abutment and artificial teeth.
Answering questions and discussing all of the details
After a treatment plan is in place, the patient is welcomed to ask any questions they still have about dental implants. All of the details are also discussed, including insurance information, payment plans, how long the process takes and more. Finally, the next visit is scheduled to officially get started with the dental implants treatment process.
Our general dentist team can help you through the process
Our friendly and professional team is happy to answer your questions and guide you through every step of the consultation visit. Contact us today by phone or email to arrange a convenient time for you to visit with us for dental implants. We believe everyone should have a complete and beautiful smile, and dental implants can help you achieve just that.